Business: Endowed Energy Innovators

Looking to Yankee ingenuity for breakthroughs

"He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put into vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement summers. "

—Gulliver's Travels

Like that innovative inventor in the land of Balnibarbi, the U.S. is scrambling to discover new energy supplies as well as different and unusual ways of using and saving its energy. But while many bureaucrats, multinational companies and politicians see nuclear power, coal and more oil finds as the solution, the nation's growing number of energy enthusiasts promote the idea...

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